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Dr Michael Fell
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Michael Fell is a senior research fellow at UCL Energy Institute. His work focuses on social aspects of energy use, in particular people's desire and ability to offer flexibility to electricity systems. He is currently working on two main projects. He is a researcher co-investigator on the UKRI project Beyond Individual Persuasion, focuses on the potential for interactive visualisation and environmental sensing to support collective energy and environmental action. He is also a researcher on the UKRI Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions on distributed ledger technology and energy retail markets (see research summary section below for more info). His previous work has explored consumer demand for domestic demand-side response product offerings such as time of use electricity tariffs. Together with colleagues he developed Watts the Deal? (the peer-to-peer energy trading board game) and Should I Bake? (which helps people schedule baking for times when there is more renewable electricity on the grid). He also runs pump:chic, which allows you to "test drive" a heat pump. He was seconded to BEIS during 2017-18, and in 2013 undertook a POST/EPSRC Fellowship in the House of Commons Library (briefing MPs on subjects in science and the environment). Prior to joining UCL he was the energy commissioning editor at Earthscan (a leading publisher of books and journals in sustainability).  

Research Summary

Current projects include:

  • Research Co-Investigator on the UKRI project Beyond Individual Persuasion. The project focuses on the potential for interactive visualisation and environmental sensing to support collective energy and environmental action.
  • Researcher on the UKRI Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) on a project considering implications of distributed ledger-enabled retail markets for energy policy objectives. Information on this project is available at https://osf.io/gv2ex/.

Previous projects include:

  • Researcher co-investigator on the Energy Revolution Research Consortium, co-leading the knowledge synthesis work package. This Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund project is looking at how smart local energy systems can be designed to benefit communities, business and the national energy system. The knowledge synthesis work package is drawing together learnings from EnergyREV and wider Prospering from the Energy Revolution initiatives with other evidence from around the world in order to best inform policy and practice.

Academic Background
2016   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2012   Master of Research University College London
2004   Bachelor of Science University of Southampton
2003   Maitrise Universite de Bordeaux 1
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